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India BJP targets ruling party over China war report

Published on Mar 18, 2014 10:25 PM
 
Indian prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has seized upon a secret report about how the Indian government bungled a war with China more than 50 years ago to lash out at the ruling Congress party days before the country's election. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India's Hindu nationalist opposition has seized upon a secret report about how the government bungled a war with China more than 50 years ago to batter the ruling party days before an election.

India, led by its first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was defeated in the 1962 conflict that was painted at home as Chinese aggression across the Himalayas.

But excerpts of a military investigation that were leaked by an Australian journalist who wrote an acclaimed book on the war said the government's policy of forward deployment in the high mountains had increased the chances of conflict.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, which is the front-runner in the election beginning next month, demanded that the government release the report by former army Lieutenant General Henderson Brooks so that the country would know how the government pushed the military into a war it could only lose.

 
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